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Discussion on: What book(s) has influenced your career?

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Fabian Holzer • Edited

There is one, to which I'm coming back every once in a while: "Apprenticeship Patterns" by Dave Hoover & Adewale Oshineye.

The first time I read it, was shortly after it came out, in 2009. At that point in time, I had just changed my field of studies to from electrical engineering to informatics and was looking for some practical advise on leveling up my skills.

The book provided a lot of good advice on how to approach mastering the craft of software development. It is structured in the form of a pattern language. It's a rather slim volume and can be read quickly, and lends itself also well to a cursory reading.

When I re-read it,it's always interesting for me to notice, how I changed, by realizing which patterns have become of higher or lower relevance to myself.

The book can be read for free online at O'Reilly.